School and education, in general, is a necessary part of growing up for our children. You may be considering homeschooling, or checking out all the different options of schooling and education available to your child and often those early years can seem quite daunting. I know I have all this to look forward to in a few years. There is a level of expectation that you can and will do all you can to ensure that your child gets the very best out of the hours spent in a school environment.
We hope that they can learn as much as they can and then when they hit the age of 16, can feel confident in their choices to move on to further education. But it isn’t just education and schooling, while that forms a big part of their live, there are extra ways you can educate, encourage them to think about their future and also help them to become well-rounded adults. I wanted to share with you what some of them ways are.
Encourage them to save their money
As your child gets a little older, or is passed playing with toys. Or they seem to have everything like many children today, sometimes many gifts at Christmas and birthdays can become money related. This is always a good gift as it allows a child to then spend the money on what they want rather than having something they may not need. But, it’s a good idea to help and courage children to save, not just for big ticket items they would like but for their future. Such as their first car, their university education, holidays and school trips. While many parents also save for these sorts of things, it helps to develop the habit of saving, and it can feel an accomplishment when they see their hard work has paid off.
Consider school trips as educational rather than just for fun
School trips are an excellent way to encourage your child to learn outside of the classroom environment and experience new and different things. Some schools like to think about trips to museums or different towns and cities with an historic appeal, other schools may even encourage weekends away doing adventure type activities or even abroad like a school trip to Iceland. This type of activity is a great way for a child to learn different things, experience new cultures and actually learn more about themselves as well. However, not all schools are forthwilling with this type of activity, so you may want to suggest and recommend certain activities. Even think about raising money to help the school.
Think about how you can help your child at home
Finally, it is important to think about what type of activities you can do at home, and often looking through homework, working with your child, or even doing extra activities to help in areas or subjects they are struggling with can go a long way. Many children, especially of a younger age where their birthdays are a little later in the school year, can struggle with different things where other children can be a little ahead. Recognising these things early can mean that your child can still feel enthusiastic and motivated while also tackling areas and subjects they are struggling with.